Friday, September 16, 2016

Planting Spring Blooming Bulbs in the Fall by Carol King

Photo by Carol King
Remember last Spring when you promised yourself you’d plant daffodils and tulips?  Well now is the time to follow through on that promise.

September and October are the best months for planting bulbs. This will allow ample time for the bulbs to become well rooted before the ground freezes. There are many species of bulbs to choose from: ealy bloomers like  crocus, snowdrops, species tulips, dwarf iris and Siberian squillNext to bloom are grape hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, fritillaria and common hyacinths. Late spring to early summer bloomers include alliums, bearded iris, and Dutch iris. Careful planning can lead to an outstanding bloom display from early March through early June.

Bulbs can be planted in flower beds, in lawns, around trees, or grown in pots or window boxes.

Choose a well-drained location for planting to reduce the risk of the bulbs rotting. Bulbs do well in both sun and shade however, if one wants the bulbs to return year after year, a sunny location is best.

Plant the bulbs at a depth consistent with the level indicated on the planting chart. As a general rule, this depth is four times the height of the bulb between the soil surface and the tip of the bulb. Make sure to plant the bulbs with the growing tip up.

University of Arizona Extension

After the ground freezes, cover the bed with a 3-inch mulch to prevent alternate freezing and thawing that breaks roots and damages bulbs. 

Next Spring enjoy your hard work. You won’t regret it!

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